What are some of Peeta Mellark's character traits in The Hunger Games?

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Peeta is caring, as seen when he purposefully burned some bread so he could give it to a starving Katniss. He is selfless, as seen when he sacrificed himself for the benefit of Katniss. Peeta joins the Careers in order to lure them away from Katniss and battles Cato in order to protect Katniss. Peeta is kind, as seen when he offers to clean Haymitch after he drinks excessively and falls in his own vomit. He is also courageous, as seen when he saves Katniss after she was stung by the tracker jackers while trying to retrieve her bow. Peeta is ingenious, as seen when he employs his cake-decorating skills in camouflaging himself after the fight with Cato. He is also self-aware and seems to truly understand his feelings and character. At one point, he stated that he did not want the games to change who he was.

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Peeta is, in a word, likable. Although he has many traits, you could say that the word "likable" describes each of them. In fact, throughout the book and then the series, it is difficult to dislike Peeta at any point because he truly is one of the "good guys." His character guides each of his decisions in the book, and he is often forced to make very difficult ones. In spite of the many challenges he must go through, the reader always has the impression that Peeta is true to himself and to those he cares for. We see this time and again in his partnership with Katniss. While completely-good characters can actually be a bit boring to read about because they don't offer up much conflict in the storyline, Peeta is anything but boring. The reader is as invested in his storyline as any of the other characters. Much of the conflict that Peeta experiences is external, rather than internal, and this causes him to be the real "rock" of the book.

Peeta is:

  • reliable
  • trustworthy
  • loyal
  • compassionate
  • strong
  • charming
  • genuine
  • heroic
  • honest
  • self-sacrificing
  • intelligent
  • dignified
  • respectful
  • admirable
  • brave
  • mentally strong
  • resilient
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